The Graduates of the

Chicago School for Piano Technology

As well as being available to clients as professional technicians, all of our graduates, unless otherwise indicated, are open to being contacted by interested applicants to CSPT as references for the school and to speak of their experiences here and after graduating.

Following is a listing of graduating classes and an alphabetical listing of graduates. Each name is linked to further details:

Graduating Classes: August 2006, March 2007, August 2007, March 2008, August 2008, August 2009, August 2010, August 2011, August 2012 August 2013

Graduates:

Abigail Allison (Chicago)

Christa Andrepont, RPT (Chicago Metro), Advanced Curriculum

Eleanor Aylward

Alexander Barbee (NW Suburban Chicago)

Richard Beebe, RPT (Chicago) & Advanced Curriculum

Akyva Bell-Powell (Chicago)

Sabra Berkley, RPT (San Diego, CA)

Evan Bingham, RPT (Westerville, OH)

William Briant (Chicago), Advanced Curriculum

Jeffrey Cairns (NW Suburban Chicago)

Joseph Cannestra (Kenosha, WI)

Carl Chadek (Chicago)

Andrew Cherry (Woodridge, IL)

Michael Collin (Waukegan, IL)

Collin Cornelius (Austin, TX)

Cheri Dahlen (Chicago)

Joey Della Vecchia RPT(Chicago Metro)

Tommy Durante (South Suburban Chicago)

David Dunn, RPT (Cedar Falls, IA)

Ryan Ellison (Denver, Colorado)

Jimmy Espinoza, RPT (Grand Rapids, MI)

Jonathan Farah, RPT (Sioux Falls, SD)

Randall Fleer (Chicago)

Vanessa Fortier (Chicago)

Paul Frankel (Mexico)

Ben Gac, RPT (Chicago Metro)

David Grandsard (W Suburban Chicago)

Micah Hamilton (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Chad Hetrick (Fishers, IN)

Jennifer Hohman RPT (Dayton, OH)

Bradley Huffman (Wellington, OH)

Mark Jamerson (Chicago)

Omer Jamil (Karachi, Pakistan)

Max Konrad RPT (Effingham, IL)

Zach LaMotte, RPT (Elgin, IL)

Alexander Lass (Chicago Metro)

Lucas Lorang, RPT (Chicago) & Advanced Curriculum

Patrick McNurlen (Chicago)

Francisco Morales, RPT (Puerto Rico)

Timothy Niblack (N Suburban Chicago)

Zane Omohundro, RPT (Columbia, MO)

David Peterson, RPT (Chicago Metro)

Adam Przybyla (Austin, TX)

Kaitlyn Raich (South Suburban Chicago/Indiana)

Jim Rielley, RPT (W Suburban Chicago)

Gus Roddy, RPT (Chicago)

Salem Settlemeyer (Plainfield, IL)

Adam Schulte-Bukowinski, (Omaha NE) & Advanced Curriculum

Claudia Stlaske (W Suburban Chicago)

Richard Stultz (NW Suburban Chicago)

Nami Sugiuchi (Chiba/Tokyo, Japan)

Michelle Toe (Kedah, Malaysia)

Noah Tofte (Minnesota)

Paul Travis (San Diego, CA)

Tim Wilson (SW Suburban Chicago)

Joshua Younger, RPT (Chicago Metro)

 

 

 

 

CLASS OF FALL 2005 (graduation August, 2006)

 

From left: Ben Gac RPT, Paco Morales RPT, Mike Collin, Carl Chadek, David Peterson, RPT

 

 

 

 

Carl Chadek

CARL CHADEK PIANO SERVICE

Piano tuning, regulation, maintenance, repair over the entire Chicago metropolitan area.

Telephone: 773/531-2600

Email: cchadek@juno.com

Website: www.CarlChadekPianoService.com

"CSPT gave me great instruction and is a continuing source of education as well as a means of staying in touch with colleagues.  All being good for business!"--Carl Chadek
                                                                                                                                                                 

 


 

 

Michael Collin

Chicago Used Pianos

Michael D. Collin Piano Tuning & Service

http://www.chicagousedpianos.com/

Telephone 847-526-5766 (between noon and 8pm seven days a week)

Our email address is: collinpiano@gmail.com
Our mailing and street address is:

Chicago Used Pianos
535 S. Main St. C-2
Wauconda, IL 60084

We are located in Northwest suburban Chicago, in the village of Wauconda. Google Maps knows the address and will direct you here. The workshop/showroom is open by appointment only, as we are often out of the shop doing tunings or inspections. We offer the following services in the North and Northwest Chicago suburbs: piano tuning, regulation, repairs, refurbishment/restoration of vertical pianos, evaluations/inspections of vertical pianos, consignment sales of restored vertical pianos to dealerships, sales of restored vertical pianos to private parties.

"Anybody can buy a bag of tools.  The Chicago School for Piano Technology gave me the skills and knowledge to approach any piano with a toolbag of How-To and Can-Do."--Mike Collin


                                                                                                                                                                    

 


 

 

Ben Gac, RPT

Ben's Piano Tuning
Ben Gac, RPT
932 Lathrop Ave.
Forest Park, IL 60130
www.BensPianoTuning.com
Ben@BensPianoTuning.com
(630) 291-5654 - cell
(708) 488-1450 - office


Ben Gac is a Registered Piano Technician, a member of the Piano Technician's Guild, and a graduate of the critically acclaimed Chicago School for Piano Technology as well as the exclusive C.F. Theodore Steinway Academy.  Based near Oak Park, IL, Ben offers discriminating, high-end-only service for quality pianos in Chicago and its suburbs.

Ben does work for a number of distinguished venues including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Elgin Symphony, Steinway Piano Gallery of Chicago, and the Wheaton Conservatory of Music.   In the summer season of 2011 Ben served as the Head Piano Technician for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival in western Massachusetts.  Ben is a faculty member at the Chicago School for Piano Technology, and is a nationally sought after instructor in the piano technician community.


"My illuminating experience at the CSPT aggressively prepared me for a successful career in piano technology.  Its teachers, now my friends and colleagues, are unquestionably brilliant sources of experience and a ceaseless fount of knowledge."--Ben Gac, RPT  

                                                                                                                                                                     


 

 

Paco Morales, RPT

Paco Morales, RPT

Paco Pianos Services of PR

H.C. 58 Box 14573

Aguada, Puerto Rico 00602

787/225-6548

email: pacopianospr@hotmail.com

website: www.pacopianospr.webs.com

Owner of Paco Pianos Services of PR Company, a company dedicated to  professional acoustic piano care and maintenance, servicing the whole Island of Puerto Rico.

 

                                                                                                                                                                   


 

 

David Peterson, RPT

Peterson Piano Services

David Peterson, RPT

http://www.petersonpianoservice.com

Telephone: 708/524-0554

Email: petersonpiano@earthlink.net

"Quality, Reliability, Affordability: Piano Tuning for the Chicago Area"

"The rigorous training I received at the Chicago School for Piano Technology prepared me to be not only a piano tuner, but also a technician with the expertise to diagnose and find solutions to obstacles that may interfere with your enjoyment of your piano. Whether your piano needs tuning, regulation (the adjustment of the mechanical aspects of the piano to achieve uniform touch and responsiveness, and wide dynamic range), or repair (including the replacement of worn or broken parts), I can be of service."--David Peterson, RPT

 

 

 

 

 


 

CLASS OF SPRING 2006 (graduation March, 2007)

 

From left: Mark Jamerson, Jeffrey Cairns, Gus Roddy, Chad Hetrick, Micah Hamilton, Abigail Allison

 

 

 

 

 

Abigail Allison

88 Keys Piano Tuning and Service
Abigail Allison

                                                                                                                         


Offering piano tuning, regulation, and repair to the Chicago metropolitan area.  I work mainly in Hyde Park, but will travel to other areas of Chicago to service pianos in need.

"My time as a student at The Chicago School for Piano Technology has been truly wonderful.  My education in all aspects of piano work was extremely thorough, and I feel well prepared to enter the world as a qualified piano technician.  The excellent teachers at the school gave me a solid foundation upon which I will always be able to build."--Abigail Allison

                                                                                                                                                              

 


 

 

Jeffrey Cairns

Cairns Piano Service

Jeffrey Cairns

Telephone: (847) 358-1262 or

                (847) 644-2158 (cell)

Email: jeffc58@comcast.net

Providing tuning, regulation and repair services to the Northwest suburbs.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my year at CSPT. It was a challenging curriculum but also very rewarding.  I have much more confidence in my abilities as a piano technician as a graduate of the school and feel ready to start working as a professional tuner/technician.  The school has also provided excellent preparation and skills for taking the RPT exams which I hope to complete this year. Finally, the instructors and staff were extremely knowledgeable, professional and were a complete joy to work with.  I would highly recommend CSPT for any one who is serious about becoming a competent piano technician."--Jeff Cairns

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

 


 

 

Micah Hamilton

Hamilton Piano Tuning and Repair

Micah Hamilton

Telephone: 319/899-1312

e-mail: hamiltonpiano@hotmail.com

Providing piano tuning, repair, and regulation to the Linn County, Iowa area.

"The time I spent at the Chicago School for Piano Technology was invaluable to my career as a piano technician.  I not only learned the skills of piano technology, but I also learned good business and people skills."--Micah Hamilton

 

                                                                                                                                                                   

 


 

 

Chad Hetrick

Piano Solutions

Chad Hetrick
290 W. Carmel Dr.
Carmel, IN 46032

Telephone: 219-241-6436

Email: chadhetrick77@hotmail.com


Living in Indianapolis, working as an in shop piano technician/tuner for Piano Solutions for the last 4 yrs with aspirations of starting a tuning/repair business in the near future.  I am a member of PTG.

"My experience at CSPT was a very positive one that launched my career into a
field where high quality piano technicians are sorely needed."--Chad Hetrick

 

                                                                                                                                                                    


 

 

Mark Jamerson

Mark Jamerson

 "The Chicago School for Piano Technology put in front of me enough information to digest for the next five years.  I am now well prepared to tackle any situation that may arise while servicing pianos."-- Mark Jamerson

 

                                                                                                                                                                    


 

 

Gus Roddy RPT

Gus Roddy Piano Service

Email: roddygus@gmail.com

 

"As a result of a year at the Chicago School, I can offer complete piano care, including tuning, regulation, and repair.  I can also offer sound advice on what your piano would need in order to perform at the highest level possible."--Gus Roddy

 

 

 


 

CLASS OF FALL 2006 (Graduation August 2007)

 

From left: Alex Barbee, Claudia Stlaske, Noah Tofte, Vanessa Fortier, Cheri Dahlen, Joey Della Vecchia

 

 

Alex Barbee

Alex Barbee
Alex's Piano Service

(847) 373-5185
atb52488@yahoo.com

Specializing in Piano Tuning, Repair, & Regulation in the Northwest Suburbs and City of Chicago.

"The Chicago School for Piano Technology provided a wealth of information at every class. It was presented in a manner that was easy to understand and apply as we worked on the pianos. Any time I needed extra clarification, the instructors were available to help. I feel very prepared as I enter the tuning and repair industry because of the comprehensive training I received."--Alex Barbee

                                                                                                                                                                           


 

 

Cheri Dahlen

Cheri Dahlen

Vivace Piano Services

"My knowledge of the piano has expanded tremendously as a result of my experiences at CSPT.  The year-long program is intense, requiring consistent effort and focus, but the results of those efforts are well worth the blood, sweat, and tears that go into it! The instructors are top notch, generous with sharing their knowledge and experience, and truly dedicated to helping the students succeed.  As a result of their tutelage, I know that I will serve my clients well."-Cheri Dahlen

 

 

 


 

 

 

Joey Della Vecchia RPT

Joey Della Vecchia RPT

DV Pianoworks

Chicago, IL

Telephone: 773/322-7391

Email: joey@dvpianoworkschicago.com

Website: www.dvpianoworkschicago.com

I service all of Chicagoland with fine tuning and happy songs.  My services include tuning, repairs and action regulation.  If your piano needs attention, please contact me at the information above to schedule an appointment with DV Pianoworks, and I would be glad to help you out.  My rates are reasonable and hours are flexible including nights and weekends.

“The Chicago School for Piano Technology has been a wonderful experience.  It was the only time ever being in a school where not only did I learn a lot about piano technology, but it was also a fun time in class.  My instructors have become my friends and also have made me become a confident technician throughout the curriculum.” – Joey Della Vecchia



                                                                                                                                                                      


 

 

Vanessa Fortier

Fortier Piano Tuning

Vanessa Fortier

3343 N. Hoyne Ave

Chicago, Il 60618

Telephone: 312/841-0761

Email: vanessa.fortier@gmail.com

I offer piano tuning, repair, and regulation to the north side of Chicago.

"My experiences at the Chicago School for Piano Technology have been magnificent. The time and energy put in have been well worth it, and I feel confident and prepared for the future. There is a tremendous amount of continuous support and knowledge from the faculty to the students at the CSPT, which is undoubtedly our (as students and colleagues) most valuable resource."--Vanessa Fortier

 

                                                                                                                                                                                           


 

 

Claudia Stlaske

Claudia Stlaske

Keynote Piano Services

 

"I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Chicago School for Piano Technology and I cannot say enough about how highly I regard both the school and its faculty.  Piano technology is not simply taught here – it is fostered, and students’ interests are somehow turned into passions.  It’s not an easy school – you have to work hard here – but after completing the school’s first year curriculum, I can honestly say that I cannot fathom receiving a more thorough education in piano technology anywhere else." --Claudia Stlaske

                                                                                                                                                                    

 


 

 

Noah Tofte

Noah Tofte
Steinway Piano Gallery, Qatar

Doha, Qatar 

noah@steinway-me.com 


"My learning experience at CSPT was like nothing I have been through before. It was a wonderful way to learn too much about pianos. The skills accquired have armed me with confidence and competence to attack numerous obstacles relating to pianos. More importantly, attending CSPT made me passionate about piano technology. This plus the fantastic facilities and staff made my year at CSPT one of the most rewarding I have ever had."--Noah Tofte

 

 

 


 

CLASS OF SPRING 2007 (Graduation March 2008)

 

From left: Joe Cannestra, Ken Spurr, Bill Briant, Sagan Jacobson, David Grandsard (Eleanor Aylward, pictured below)

 

 

Eleanor Aylward

 

                                                                                                                                                                     


 

 

Bill Briant

Bill Briant

Briant Piano Services

773/915-3016

bbriant@att.net

Currently in CSPT 2nd Year, Advanced Curriculum--Rebuilding

"I couldn't be more pleased with my experiences at CSPT. The faculty is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to the success of each student. CSPT provides everything the student needs to succeed, including 24 hour accessibility to the classrooms. I can't imagine a better learning environment for the serious student than the one at CSPT."--Bill Briant

 


 

Joe Cannestra

Joe Cannestra

Cannestra Piano Works

cannestra@gmail.org

Offering tuning, repair and regulation services

"The best way to learn any trade is through hands-on training and experience from the experts at the top of their profession.  That's exactly what you get at the Chicago School for Piano Technology."--Joe Cannestra

                                                                                                                                                                    


 

David Grandsard

David Grandsard

It's a Pitch Piano Service

Tele: 630/212-0600

www.itsapitch.com

Tuning, repair, and regulation, serving the western suburbs of Chicago

"The education I received at CSPT was exceptional. If you are considering a career in piano technology, this is your school."--David Grandsard

                                                                                                                                                                      


 

Sagan Jacobson

Sagan Jacobson

Sagan Jacobson Piano Service

Chicago, IL

Telephone: 1 309/530-9442

email: talktosagan@gmail.com

 

 

 


 

CLASS OF FALL 2007 (Graduation August 2008)

 

From left: David Dunn, RPT, Richard Stultz, Evan Bingham, Collin Cornelius, Brett Daniels

 

 

 

Evan Bingham, RPT

Evan Bingham, RPT

Web Site: www.empiricalpiano.com

Email: empiricalpiano@gmail.com

Tele: 614-584-6310

Member of the Piano Technician's Guild, Cleveland Chapter

"The Chicago School for Piano Technology has given me the jump start needed to start a new and fascinating career. Right out of school, I was prepared for work at my job in which I am constantly using the knowledge acquired."-- Evan Bingham

 


 

 

Collin Cornelius

Collin Cornelius

Austin, TX Area

(903) 520-2864

"I can't say enough good things about the Chicago School for Piano Technology. Looking back on my year there, I can really appreciate how much effort the faculty put into making an outstanding school. I felt cared about not only as a student but also as a graduate and technician going into the field."--Collin Cornelius

 


 

 

 

Brett Daniels

Brett Daniels
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (815) 494-5225
Email: btdaniels@gmail.com

"My year at The Chicago School for Piano Technology was challenging, at times exhausting, but most of all satisfying.  It was a totally invaluable experience - a must do for anyone interested in the field."--Brett Daniels

 


 

 

David Dunn, RPT

David Dunn, RPT

A is A Piano Service

Website: http://aisapiano.com/
Email: david@aisapiano.com

847/338-AISA (2472)

Available for piano tuning, regulation and repair work in the north suburban Chicago area by appointment.

Selected as a 2009 summer intern for the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony.

“What became clear to me during my time at CSPT was that the faculty members are, without exception, people who “get it”: who understand that tuning, regulation, repair, and sound business practices all go hand in hand; that the piano must be approached as a whole instrument, and that the end result of all of our work is musical - the ability of the client to experience joy at their fingertips when they sit at a piano that has been maintained with a true sense of Craftsmanship.  My goal as a technician is to exemplify the same understanding of the profession demonstrated by my mentors at CSPT.” -- David Dunn, RPT

 

 


 

 

Richard Stultz

Richard Stultz

Stultz Piano Services, Inc.
565 W. Belden Ave.

Elmhurst, IL   60126
847-34PIANO
847/347-4266
E-mail: stultzpiano@aol.com

http://storefront.dexonline.com/stultz-piano-service-tuning-chicago-il

Quality piano service for the Northwest suburbs and the North Shore. Member of The Piano Technicians Guild and The American Guild of Organists.

"My experience at The Chicago School for Piano Technology was nothing short of eye-opening. The teachers are all masters in their field. And I learned so many things that I never learned in 7 years of college music training. If you intend to get into the piano tuning field, there is no better place to learn."--Richard Stultz

 

 


 

CLASS OF 2009 (Graduation August 16, 2009)

 

From left: Bill Briant (Advanced Curriculum/Rebuilding), Paul Frankel, Jon Farah, Randall Fleer, Christa Andrepont, Zane Omohundro, Josh Younger, Alex Lass, Andrew Cherry

 

 

 


 

Christa Andrepont RPT

Christa Andrepont RPT

Andrepont Piano Service

Telephone: 225/773-8011

Website: www.andrepontpianoservice.com

Serving the Chicago metropolitan area...

"I believe that if you plan on taking piano technology seriously,  it would be your best investment to enroll in the Chicago School for Piano Technology.  Not only are the teachers wonderful human beings, but they hold a goldmine of knowledge!  They helped me understand that there's an endless amount of things to be learned and to never stop questioning every aspect of the piano and piano technology.  After only one year at CSPT, I have started my business with the confidence I need to be successful."--Christa Andrepont RPT


 

 

Andrew Cherry

Andrew Cherry
Woodridge, IL
Phone: 630-551-8863

Email: ajcpiano@pobox.com

"I found the Chicago School for Piano Technology to be a terrific
choice to prepare for a career as a piano technician.  The curriculum
is very well thought-out; it not only includes thorough coverage of
the theoretical underpinnings and technical aspects of the trade, but
also a veritable gold mine of excellent nuts-and-bolts advice
regarding the practical realities of running a piano service business.
But what shines the most at CSPT is the absolute dedication to
craftsmanship -- the faculty here are true professionals who are
insistent on maintaining the highest standard in our craft, a
refreshing contrast to today's "just good enough" world of
mass-produced goods and cookie-cutter services.   I would not hesitate
to recommend CSPT to anyone who wants to delve deeply into the unique
world of piano technology."--Andrew Cherry

 


 

 

Jon Farah RPT


Jon Farah, RPT
Telephone: (605) 336-3633 (Bob's Piano Service)
Email: farahjkeys@gmail.com

Website:  http://jonfarah.com

- Working in Souix Falls, S. Dakota for Bob's Piano Service -


"Before taking the plunge into the world of piano technology, I weighed the options of taking a correspondence course vs. attending a school.  I'm happy to say that I made the right choice.  CSPT gave me the hands-on training from not one, but several incredible technicians that I am proud to know.  They showed us that it is good to know how to tune and maintain a piano, but it is better to also know WHY we must tune/maintain pianos.  At CSPT, it really is about the whole piano, and I'm proud to tell people about the wonderful, challenging, exhausting and rewarding year I've had here.  If you are interested in becoming a high quality piano technician, CSPT is a great place to start that journey."--Jon Farah, RPT


 


 

 

Randall Fleer

Randall Fleer

No Drama Piano Service

Website: http://nodrama.com

Email: rfleer@nodrama.com

Telephone: 773/294-0147

Tuning, Maintenance & Repair, Performance & Accompaniment … all with no drama.

Serving Chicago’s north shore neighborhoods and suburbs.

"I cannot imagine a better way to start one’s career in piano technology than a year at the Chicago School for Piano Technology."--Randy Fleer

 

 


 

 

Paul Frankel

Paul Frankel

" It is hard for me to imagine what life would be like for me now, loving music as much as I do, were it not for a year of that life spent in the company of great minds (and people of course) such as Paul and Oksana Revenko-Jones, Jeff Cappelli, and Robert Guenther. I can say, with absolute certainty, that I have never met a group of people with as much passion, commitment, and knowledge for the piano as the faculty of the Chicago School for Piano Technology. Though I did not come to grips with the idea till late in the year, I came to realize that the year I spent with them, and for which I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity, is beyond invaluable. Whereas many trades, crafts and professions today are focused on maintaining "trade secrets" and the like, this group at some point must have come to realize, as I did, that knowledge is almost worthless if it is not carried on; their years and years of having learned, erred, and perfected their craft would have been for naught if there aren't any individuals to carry the tune so to speak, and that's where YOU come in."--Paul Frankel

 

 


 

 

Alexander Lass

Alexander Lass

Alexander Piano Works

www.AlexanderPianoWorks.com

Ph: 312/813-4763

"To anyone who has the passion, drive, and dedication to enter the field of piano technology: CSPT is the place to start.  There is not, in my opinion, a more effective method for learning this craft than the hands-on and ears-on approach of a carefully designed curriculum.  You will be challenged and encouraged by tenured professionals whose careers are dedicated to the art of piano service.  Freshly graduated, I feel the school has given me  5+ years' advantage over those who "learned by doing"  or struggled through a correspondence course.  The school gives you an opportunity to make your first mistakes - and successes - in an academic setting.  When it's time to launch your business, you'll be providing your clients with nothing short of exceptional craftsmanship."--Alexander Lass

 

 


 

 

Zane Omohundro RPT

Zane Omohundro RPT

Telephone: 952/239-2810

Website: www.zanepiano.com


Serving Columbia, Missouri and Mid-Missouri Pianos.


“I went to the Chicago School for Piano Technology expecting simply to learn to tune pianos. What I came away with was so much more. In addition to learning more about pianos than I ever could have imagined, I walked away knowing a superb set of teachers, students, and ultimately friends who will continue to help me throughout my entire career. For those looking for a career in piano technology there is no better place to start.”--Zane Omohundro

 

 


 

 

Josh Younger RPT

Josh Younger RPT

847/380-0919
Email: joshua@youngerpiano.com
Website: www.youngerpiano.com

"Henry David Thoreau said, 'Go confidently in the direction of your
dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.'  This was freshly in my
thoughts upon starting my year at the Chicago School for Piano
Technology.  Learning the craft of piano technology was a radical
shift for me in my life and the case would probably be the same for
many considering this schooling program.  I came to pursue the
direction that my dreams would take me, and my experience at the
school is the cornerstone in the beginnings of my career in piano
work.  There are nothing but warm memories and truly high regards for
CSPT in my mind; the school has helped me plot my course for the life
I have imagined."--Josh Younger RPT

 


 

 

Bill Briant

Bill Briant

Briant Piano Services

773/915-3016

bbriant@att.net

Advanced Curriculum--Rebuilding 2009

"I couldn't be more pleased with my experiences at CSPT. The faculty is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to the success of each student. CSPT provides everything the student needs to succeed, including 24 hour accessibility to the classrooms. I can't imagine a better learning environment for the serious student than the one at CSPT."--Bill Briant

 

 

 

 


 

 

CLASS OF 2010 (Graduation August 15, 2010)

 

From the left: Tim Niblack, Sabra Berkley, Salem Settlemeyer, Jim Rielley (not shown, Christa Andrepont, Advanced Curriculum: Concert Preparation and Institutional Management)

 

 

 


 

 

Sabra L. Berkley RPT

Sabra L. Berkley, RPT

Berkley Piano- San Diego, California

Website: www.berkleypiano.com

Email: Sandyeggo1602@gmail.com(

Telephone: 619/471-5898

"The Chicago School for Piano Technology allowed me to acquire the proper skills needed to further my career as a piano technician. Thanks to the brilliant faculty I had by my side assisting me with better study skills as well as life long skills, it made my journey to Chicago more successful. It was difficult to leave home at 19, move to a new state, and be introduced to the advanced curriculum they have. However, due to the caring professors, they made the journey a lot smoother. My mentors are now life long friends who have equipped me with all the appropriate skills I will need to be successful working for AAA Piano."--Sabra Berkley, RPT     

 


 

Tim Niblack

Tim Niblack

88 Keys Piano Service

Telephone: 720/470-7772

Email: 88keyspianoservice@gmail.com


"The Chicago School For Piano Technology is the only place to learn about the piano.  Its curriculum is an intensive all-encompassing course designed to teach everything you will need to know about the art and business of being a piano technician.  The instructors bring real life experience and knowledge that have prepared me for the challenges of the field."--Tim Niblack

 

 


 

 

Jim Rielley RPT

Jim Rielley RPT

Rielley Piano

630-667-6053

RielleyPiano@gmail.com

“Attending The Chicago School for Piano Technology has been a high-powered jumpstart to my career as a piano technician. The school supplied not only the knowledge and instruction during classes, but also the time and space for practice (A LOT of practice!) Because of my time at the school I now stand confidently before my clients for the jobs that I know well, and I have a strong, friendly support system for the jobs that might be more ambitious. I feel blessed to have had such a great resource so close to home."--Jim Rielley

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Salem Settlemeyer

Salem Settlemeyer

SJS Piano Service

Telephone: 815/931-2931

Email: SJSettlemeyer@gmail.com  

"My experience at The Chicago School for Piano Piano Technology was an experience that I will never forget. The faculty passed on their knowledge to us in a way that was creative, practical, and profound. Before I came to the school I had no previous experience working with pianos, but now I have the knowledge and skills I need in order to survive and make a living in this economy. The lessons I learned were not only about how to tune or fix a piano, but how to be professional and behave appropriately in a clients home, and in everyday life. Every minute at the school was a learning experience in one way or another. My intelligence was insulted, but my mind was enlightened, and I now have a solid foundation for my future."--Salem Settlemeyer

 


 

Christa Andrepont RPT

Christa Andrepont RPT

Andrepont Piano Service

Telephone: 225/773-8011

Website: www.andrepontpianoservice.com

Advanced Curriculum: Concert Preparation and Institutional Management; Tanglewood/Boston Symphony Summer 2010 Advanced Intern

 

Serving the Chicago metropolitan area, head technician at Columbia College, Chicago

"I believe that if you plan on taking piano technology seriously,  it would be your best investment to enroll in the Chicago School for Piano Technology.  Not only are the teachers wonderful human beings, but they hold a goldmine of knowledge!  They helped me understand that there's an endless amount of things to be learned and to never stop questioning every aspect of the piano and piano technology.  After only one year at CSPT, I have started my business with the confidence I need to be successful."--Christa Andrepont RPT

 

 


 

 

CLASS OF 2011 (Graduation August 14, 2011)

From the left: Richard Beebe, Jennifer Hohman, Kaitlyn Raich, Zach LaMotte, Lucas Lorang, Nami Sugiuchi, Adam Bukowinski, Max Konrad

 

 


 

 

Richard Beebe RPT

Richard J. Beebe RPT

Bb Piano Service

www.bbpianoservice.com

email:  bbpianoservice@gmail.com

phone: 773.412.3243

Serving the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

"My year at CSPT has been a gift, a time of great fulfillment and inspiration. Aristotle said that "Quality is not an act, it is a habit” and the faculty members at CSPT embody that spirit of quality and instill in their students the desire to develop the best possible skills (habits) and depth of knowledge.  As I move into life beyond this incredible year, I know that I’ve received a solid foundation in piano technology enabling me to solidly begin my life as a piano technician and build a happy future upon it. It has been a privilege to be mentored by some of the finest technicians in this field who have the generosity to nurture a new generation of technicians as they learn and hone their craft. Their enthusiasm for all things piano has been incredibly inspiring."--Richard Beebe

 

 

 


 

Adam Schulte-Bukowinski

Adam Schulte-Bukowinski

ASB Piano Service

website: asbpianoservice.com

email: adam@asbpianoservice.com

tele: 773-698-8077

 

"I came to CSPT without any experience in piano technology whatsoever. After the first day of class, I knew I'd made the right decision. The combination of class size, hands on time and a faculty that is truly passionate about what they do was exactly what I'd hoped to find, and helped lay a solid foundation for my new career. The year was challenging and intense, but immensely rewarding. I am deeply grateful for my time at CSPT, and am excited for what the future holds as a result of my time here!"--Adam Schulte-Bukowinski



 

 


 

Jennifer Hohman RPT

Jennifer Hohman RPT

Hohman Piano Services
Servicing the Dayton, OH area
Telephone: 937/546-3455
Email: hohmanpianos@gmail.com

Web site: http://hohmanpianoservices.webs.com

Dampp-Chaser® Certified

"I found the school's hands-on approach the most useful! The attention you get at CSPT compares to no other program!"--Jennifer Hohman

 

 

 


 

 

Max Konrad RPT

Maxwell Konrad RPT
Konrad Piano Service

Location: Effingham, IL (South-Central Illinois)
Telephone: (217) 663-6293
Website: www.konradpianoservice.com
Email: maxkonrad@konradpianoservice.com

"Intense and rewarding. Don't blink, and don't forget to breathe!"--Max Konrad

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Zach LaMotte RPT

Zachary LaMotte RPT

Middle C Piano Tuning

Telephone: (773) 744-9069

Website: www.middlecpianotuning.com

Email: zach@middlecpianotuning.com

Based in Elgin, IL and servicing the greater Chicago Land area.  Middle C Piano Tuning strives to provide high quality tuning, repair, and regulation of acoustic pianos.


"I was once told that the piano is not tuned pure because the sympathetic vibrations of all the notes being in line would throw the piano right out of tune. I have since been shown the light of Equal Temperament at CSPT. In just under a year, I have reached my goal of being able to tune, repair, and regulate the piano. I would not be at the level of competency I am without the school, my instructors, and classmates.  I have witnessed first-hand how my new-found skills and abilities have put me light years ahead of a self-study method.  The wealth of information I obtained at the school has been invaluable in my pursuit of a piano tuning career. Robert Guenther, the tuning instructor, once told me that "the life of a piano tuner is a marathon, not a sprint."  I have since taken up running with a tuning hammer in hand."--Zach LaMotte  

 


 

Lucas Lorang RPT

Lorang Piano Service

2548 W Winnemac Ave. #2

Chicago, IL 60625

Email:  lucaslorang@yahoo.com

Tele: 847-651-8807    

 

"The Chicago School for Piano Technology provided a comfortable and accommodating environment for me to learn and practice piano work.  Its faculty has proved to continually supply a rich source knowledge and inspiration for me."--Lucas Lorang

 


 

Kaitlyn Raich

 


 

Nami Sugiuchi

 


 

CLASS OF 2012 (Graduation August 12, 2012)

From the left: Bradley Huffman, Michelle Toe, Omer Jamil, Akyva Bell-Powell, Paul Travis, Jimmy Espinoza, Patrick McNurlen, Ryan Ellison, Lucas Lorang (Advanced Curriculum). Not pictured, Richard Beebe, also Advanced Curriculum, who is completing his summer internship at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

 

 


Akyva Bell-Powell

Akyva Bell-Powell

Akyva Piano Tuning

(312) 259-8511

www.akyvapianotuning.com

 

"If you are interested in becoming a piano technician, there is no better place to learn the craft than CSPT.  CSPT provides each student with all of the information and resources necessary to become a well-qualified technician in 11 short months, and the Advanced Curriculum provides the opportunity to take those studies even further.  The instructors eagerly remain in your life as invaluable resources even after your studies are completed.   Studying at CSPT has afforded me the opportunity to learn from some of the finest technicians around, and I am more than confident in my qualifications and ability to tackle the many issues I may face in the field."--Akyva Bell-Powell

 

 

 

 


Ryan Ellison

Ryan K. Ellison

EIS: Ellison's Instrument Services
1516 Lafayette St.
Denver, CO 80218
(970) 227-0977
ryan.keith.ellison@gmail.com

http://​helloeis.blogspot.com/

"At CSPT, I learned that it is not only the piano that we tune, but ourselves as well.

In my daily interactions with pianos, I draw upon the valuable skills and advice imparted to me by the faculty members of CSPT, who each individually showed concern for the progress being made within the program, as well as for my personal well-being.

I found the experience of joining other students from across the world in the common study of piano technology to be particularly unique, ​and have no doubt that the friendships established among my fellow classmates will stand the test of time.

For these reasons and many others, I am able to wholly encourage aspiring technicians to consider the curricula offered at CSPT."--Ryan Ellison

 

 


Jimmy Espinoza, RPT

Jimmy Espinoza, RPT

Lakeside Piano Service

Email: esp334@gmail.com

Tele: 231/239-1922

Website: www.pianotuningrpt.com

 

Serving Western and Northern Michigan

 

"I had an amazing year at the Chicago School for Piano Technology! The classes that I took there were informative and interesting. Through practice and study, I have gained the skills and knowledge to have a thriving piano servicing business. Thank you CSPT for everything!"--Jimmy Espinoza

 


 

 

 


Bradley Huffman

Bradley Huffman

Huffman Piano Services

Tele: 440/225-8846

Email: huffmanpianoworks@gmail.com

"My time at CSPT was some of the best in my life. With 24/7 access to the school and an almost unlimited supply of knowledge, information and materials at my fingertips, I was able to study, work and practice all night and into the morning. An incredible faculty that are willing to help with anything and everything you would need, they became friends. Their tough love and passion for piano technology and teaching forces you to become the best you can be. I wish I could continue going to The Chicago School for Piano Technology as the mountains of wisdom and knowledge that the teachers have to offer simply can't be absorbed in one year. I look forward to an amazing career in piano technology filled with problems I will have to solve and beautiful sounds that I will help people create."--Brad Huffman

 

 

 


Omer Jamil

Omer Jamil

Eighth Note

Email: jamil.omer@gmail.com

Telephone: (+92) 345 204 0677

Geography served: Karachi, Pakistan

 

"Anyone considering becoming a piano technician will be hard-pressed to find a better route to achieving that goal than enrolling in the Chicago School for Piano Technology. I will forever cherish the time that I spent there. In everything from the curriculum and teachers, to the space and access provided, CSPT consistently went beyond my expectations. The community at CSPT very quickly became like family, and the space a second home. It was a privilege and truly a pleasure to have been in the company of such luminaries in the field of piano technology."--Omer Jamil

 

 

 

 

 

 


Patrick McNurlen

Patrick McNurlen

Harmonic Resolution Piano Service

773/263-8773

harmonicresolution@gmail.com

"I have found a piano at my fingertips to be a vehicle of ecstatic contemplation. My studies at CSPT cultivated a holistic and sophisticated understanding of the instrument that I could not have previously imagined, which is exactly what I had hoped to find there. What I hadn't expected to find after many years of dedicated musical study, however, was a new set of ears with which to sense the mysterious beauty of sound itself. The technological wizardry of sound production found within a piano is exciting to behold, but the magic of sound reception found within ourselves is technology of the highest order, and I am very fortunate to have encountered both at CSPT.

I graduated in August 2012 and am currently an intern piano technician at Northwestern University. I have recently joined the Piano Technician's Guild as an associate member and have registered my business under the name 'Harmonic Resolution Piano Service'."--Patrick McNurlen

 

 

 


Michelle Toe

Michelle Toe

+6012-5034317
michelle_toe@yahoo.com

Tuning, Regulation, Repairs, Voicing and Piano Lessons. I service the whole of Kedah and Penang State, Malaysia and tune pianos mostly when I am on a holiday.

 

I am currently a Piano Technician , Piano Teacher and Singer in the Penang Philharmonic Chorus.

 


"Chicago is magical. Living in Chicago for a year is just like a dream come true. The school itself is the best school I have ever been to. I came to the school as a Piano Performance major and little did I know that I will learn so much more than I have ever thought. The curriculum is detailed and demanding but the teachers and friends here are very encouraging. After a year of schooling here, the knowledge I have learned makes me a well-rounded piano technician and musician. I will definitely encourage those who wants to be a piano technician to come to this school."--Michelle Toe

 

 


Paul Travis

Paul Travis

Coastline Piano Care

(224) 500 2133

coastlinepianocare@gmail.com

http://coastlinepianocare.com

I offer tuning, regulation, repair, voicing, cleaning and action restoration.

"I came to The Chicago School because I wanted to learn all there was to know about pianos and each of the faculty was willing to share with me patiently, and push me a little when I needed it. I couldn't have asked for a better facility or a better group. Now I have an expansive set of skills I use every day and I own a growing business."--Paul Harrison Travis

 


Lucas Lorang RPT

Lorang Piano Service

2548 W Winnemac Ave. #2

Chicago, IL 60625

Email:  lucaslorang@yahoo.com

Tele: 847-651-8807

 

Advanced Curriculum--Rebuilding   

 

"The Chicago School for Piano Technology provided a comfortable and accommodating environment for me to learn and practice piano work.  Its faculty has proved to continually supply a rich source knowledge and inspiration for me."--Lucas Lorang

 

 


Richard Beebe RPT

Richard J. Beebe RPT

Bb Piano Service

www.bbpianoservice.com

email:  bbpianoservice@gmail.com

phone: 773.412.3243

Advanced Curriculum--Advanced Piano Preparation and Institutional Management

Serving the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

"My year at CSPT has been a gift, a time of great fulfillment and inspiration. Aristotle said that "Quality is not an act, it is a habit” and the faculty members at CSPT embody that spirit of quality and instill in their students the desire to develop the best possible skills (habits) and depth of knowledge.  As I move into life beyond this incredible year, I know that I’ve received a solid foundation in piano technology enabling me to solidly begin my life as a piano technician and build a happy future upon it. It has been a privilege to be mentored by some of the finest technicians in this field who have the generosity to nurture a new generation of technicians as they learn and hone their craft. Their enthusiasm for all things piano has been incredibly inspiring."--Richard Beebe

 

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CLASS OF 2013 (Graduation August 10, 2013)

 

From the left: Tommy Durante, Adam Przybyla, Tim Wilson (not pictured: Adam Schulte-Bukowinski in the advanced curriculum completing summer internship at Tanglewood)

 

 

 

Tommy Durante

 


 

 

Adam Przybyla

Adam Przybyla
AP Pianoworks

Austin, TX
www.appianoworks.com
adam@appianoworks.com
512-537-2910

"I was pondering a career change when the it randomly occurred to me that being a piano tuner might be kind of cool. Prior to attending CSPT, I hadn't so much as touched a tuning lever, but within 11 months I was ready to head out into the field with full confidence in my ability to tune and service pianos. There was an incredible amount of information to absorb in that time, and the dedication required almost made it seem like a full time job, but I truly enjoyed every minute of it. The instructors all gave such wonderful explanations and demonstrations of everything, and the practical, hands-on approach was perfect for really getting involved and learning the craft."--Adam Przybyla

 

 

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Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson
Tim's Tuning and Piano Services
La Grange, IL
website: http://www.tims-tuning.com
email: tims.tune@gmail.com
phone: 847-815-2014

"My year at CSPT was one of the most intense, interesting, and useful years of my life. The staff really dedicated themselves to giving me a solid basis of training in all the fundamental areas of piano tech: tuning, stringing, repair, and regulation, both grand and upright. The facilities at CSPT are ideal for the hands-on training that is emphasized there; the use of jigs, models, and older pianos frees the student to develop new skills without fear of making a horrible mistake on somebody's brand-new Steinway! One big bonus of the curriculum was the business class--the instructors teamed up to give us dozens of priceless tidbits of advice, which could otherwise only be gained from years of experience. There really couldn't be a better way to launch yourself into a piano service career than attending CSPT."--Tim Wilson

 

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Adam Schulte-Bukowinski

Adam Schulte-Bukowinski

ASB Piano Service

website: asbpianoservice.com

email: adam@asbpianoservice.com

tele: 402/290-8720

 

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Piano Tuner and Technician Graduates of

The Chicago School for Piano Technology

in Chicago, around the country, and around the world